LIBERTY - The first steps to help problem students stay in class were taken Thursday by the Casey County Board of Education.
The board agreed to hire a school security officer and establish an alternative placement program for students who cannot function in a regular classroom or has had problems with illegal drugs and alcohol.
Superintendent Linda Hatter told the board that the main hold-up is finding a qualified security officer.
Steve Sweeney, director of the Youth Services Center in the county schools, said funding is not a problem. He said he expects the city and county to help with finances to hire the officer. He said the Agency Substance Abuse Policy committee has indicated it also will help with finances.
"If you are willing to proceed, I'd be glad to get formal approval for funding from different entities," said Sweeney. "All have indicated they are favorable."